NHS backing for scheme that pushes Moray away from ‘easy’ food

NHS GRAMPIAN HAS backed a project in Moray that seeks to simplify the production and purchase of fresh produce – and encourage people to move away from convenience foods.

‘Eat Canny’ is a partnership Moray Food Network partnership project led by Community Food Moray (CFM), Elgin Youth Development Group, REAP and Transition Town Forres.

CFM say that they will pilot ‘health shelf’ projects in rural communities by holding gardening workshops aimed at getting people to grow their own food in the Elgin area.

“We know there is a need and we are keen to do all we can to meet that,” Ann Davidson from REAP said, adding: “We seek to see improvements in the health and wellbeing of people in Moray.”

NHS Grampian recently awarded funding to a project that Tracey Gervaise, from the Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership, said would work closely with communities, saying: “The project will work closely with population groups who, due to where they reside, their life stage or their personal circumstances, may experience challenges in terms of food access, food skills and maintaining a healthy weight.”

Courses will be advertised locally and on the events page of the Moray Food Network website.